Sun. June 10, 2012 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Free ticketed event
The Engineering Co-op Program at the University of British Columbia, the largest such program in Western Canada, secures co-op work term opportunities from 1,400-1,500 students annually, of which 8-12% work in more than 30 countries. Preparing globally minded engineering students for industry is a key facet of the program. International co-op work term experiences develop student’s intercultural skills and prepare them to be true global citizens. Engineering co-op students who attain an international experience are better prepared for today’s industries, have broader career choices after graduation, and a high percentage return to their host country after convocation.
A workshop is presented for co-op practitioners who are interested in learning how to develop an international focus or expanding their international program opportunities.
Best practices will be shared on:
* How to survey student interest, compile data, and set strategic international objectives;
* Target marketing internationally for engineering co-operative education opportunities;
* Develop engineering student personal marketing plans;
* Engage international engineering employers and follow-up strategies;
* Assist employers with the visa process;
* Pre-departure and safety training;
* Site visits and check-in by Skype, email, and telephone;
* Engineering technical work term reports and evaluations;
* Debrief the international experience; and
* Integrate students back into the classroom successfully.